The rail line connects Kumamoto Station with Oita Station, and fixing it—along with the road and bridge—will obviously take a great deal of work. Bullet trains and other types of rail service, as well as flights, have been suspended in the area.

Another video patiently traces a peripheral fault line as it indiscriminately cuts through farmland, cliffs, and roads:

Kyushu Island.
Kyushu Island.
Image: Shingenobu Aoki/Wikimedia

More than 40 people were killed, hundreds injured, and many thousands evacuated to shelters. Authorities have instructed more than a quarter million people to leave their homes for fear of further quakes, as some 30,000 rescue workers look for survivors trapped under collapsed homes and landslides.

Major Japanese companies reported manufacturing stoppages, among them Sony, Honda, and Toyota. Ironically, many companies set up factories in Kyushu island’s Kumamoto prefecture because it’s usually less prone to earthquakes (paywall).

The quakes were the most powerful to hit Japan since a huge one (magnitude 9.0) struck in 2011, killing thousands and causing a tsunami that triggered a third crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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